Baby sitter on trial in infant death takes stand

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- A baby sitter on trial for homicide in Sauk County says she never accidentally dropped the infant she's accused of killing.

Prosecutors say Jeanette Janusiak's testimony contradicts the statement she gave to detectives following the 2011 death of 4-month-old Payten Rain Shearer.

The 27-year-old Reedsburg woman testified under questioning by her attorney Tuesday that she initially told police she dropped the child because she was scared and feared she would go to jail.

Janusiak says she called 911 after she awoke to the sound of the baby gagging and vomiting. The Baraboo News Republic reports medical experts agree the child had been battered by someone, and died as the result of severe head wounds.

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